Since it was discovered in the late 18th century, molybdenum has come to be used in numerous industrial products. Molybdenum is tough, durable and enhances steel in harsh environments where heat, pressure and corrosion are present. Due to its low toxicity, molybdenum is also a catalyst in energy production.
Molybdenum concentrate, or sulfide, is usually roasted and converted to an oxide. The oxide, known as Technical Molybdic Oxide, is a corrosion-resistant, steel super-alloy that is used in pipelines, off-shore drilling, aerospace manufacturing, ship building and tar sands. The use of such Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) increases safety and efficiency in construction, while acting as a catalyst, reducing sulfur content in diesel, and boosting crop yields by as much as 30%.
i.SOURCE: CRU Ryan’s Notes.
ii.CPM Group’s February 2019 Report and Roskill’s January 2019 Molybdenum report for projected real prices on 2019 real dollars. CPM Group data.
Currently known Molybdenum mines and deposit fo the world showing grade, production and relative size.
Current Primary Molybdenum Mines and deposits have cash costs per pound Molybdenum ranging from $6 to $15 per pound.
i. At current price of $9.65 with 52 week low of $6.92/lb of Molybdenum
ii. Chart represents approximately 93% of total Molybdenum production worldwide.
Source: Minecost.com, CPM Group, SNL and company documents.